“We knew that some terrorists were doing some planning of an operation in a conference room in an East German embassy,” he said. “There was a cat that slept in the conference room most of the time and so after a great deal of planning we kidnapped the cat and we planted a listening device in the cat where we knew no one would look.”
Gates also touched on what he thinks young adults should look out for with each candidate in the coming election.
“I've worked for eight presidents and there is nothing that can prepare you to be president of the United States,” he said. “I think at the end of the day what people need to look at is character and temperament. The temperament is really important rather than specific skills or command of certain issues.”
Gates wrapped up his hour-long speech by saying that even with the number of issues weighing on the U.S. internationally, the ability to keep our country at the height of global, economic, political and military pre-eminence will not depend on the actions of other countries, but on the actions of Americans themselves.
“It will depend on our character as a people, the sacrifices we are willing to accept and the courage and unity we demonstrate,” Gates said.
“I believe we will prove worthy.”
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I've worked for eight presidents and there is nothing that can prepare you to be President of the United States.”